Book Review: Blotch by Andy Addis
Blotch: A Tale of Forgiveness and Grace by Andy Addis is a modern parable for children to help them grasp the concepts of sin, forgiveness and grace. This book has five chapters and a discussion guide, as well as a letter to parents and a parent's guide to leading a child to Christ. It is important to note those various parts of this book and to pray before you using it with your family to make the most of your experience.
My family read Blotch one chapter a day as recommended in the book. The whole book is a tale of the journey of Blotch, a boy who lives in a kingdom where everyone has blotches on their skin. Whenever Blotch does something wrong, another stain appears on his skin. Blotch sets out on a journey through several villages to find out how to get rid of the spots.Each chapter then has some great discussion questions that go along with it.We found the discussion questions to be well-thought out and helpful. Scripture verses are included in each chapter's discussion to link this modern parable to the Bible. My family found this story and the questions to all be thought-provoking and the salvation message was clearly presented to us. It was both enjoyable to read and to understand. I highly recommend this book as a way to share Christ with your children and even other family members partaking in the discussion. I also thought the simple illustrations by Tatio Viana were well done and helped the story come through in them.
I received this book from the publisher, Broadman and Holman Kids. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for the book. You may find out more information about the author at www.andyaddis.com.